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Henry McNamara

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Henry McNamara
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 40th district
In office
November 18, 1985 – January 8, 2008
Preceded byGarrett W. Hagedorn
Succeeded byKevin J. O'Toole
Personal details
Born(1934-12-09)December 9, 1934
Passaic, New Jersey
DiedAugust 27, 2018(2018-08-27) (aged 83)
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican

Henry P. McNamara (December 9, 1934 – August 27, 2018) was an American Republican Party politician, who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1985 to 2008, where he represented the 40th Legislative District. In the Senate, he was Minority Whip from 1990 to 1991. He was also a member of the Senate Environment Committee and the Transportation Committee.[1]


He was born in Passaic, New Jersey on December 9, 1934, and attended Pope Pius XII High School. He received a B.A. in 1956 from Seton Hall University in classical languages.[2][1] Before entering the Senate, McNamara spent six years in the New Jersey National Guard. Senator McNamara also spent a year as Mayor of Wyckoff in 1979, and served as Deputy Mayor in 1980, and was a member of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1984 to 1986.[1] In 2002, McNamara ran for County Executive of Bergen County, losing to Dennis McNerney in the general election.

McNamara decided against running for re-election in 2007 and announced he would step down at the end of his term in 2008.[3]

McNamara sponsored New Jersey's open space trust fund, wrote the law to clean up underground storage tanks, re-wrote the laws governing toxic waste cleanup and led the way for a Brownfields law – a plan to get private investors to clean up polluted industrial sites and make those sites clean and useful again.

He died on August 27, 2018, in Wyckoff, New Jersey at age 83.[4]

District 40[edit]

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. At the end of McNamara's term, the other representatives from the 40th Legislative District were:


  1. ^ a b c "Senator McNamara's Senate Website". Archived from the original on February 4, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2005.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link), New Jersey Legislature. Accessed September 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 245. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC,, 2004. Accessed December 20, 2022. "Senator McNamara was born in Passaic Dec. 9, 1934. He attended St. Nicholas School, Pope Pius XII High School, and Seton Hall University, where he studied classical languages and received his degree in 1956."
  3. ^ Gohlke, Josh. "Senate exodus: Why so many are retiring", The Record, April 1, 2007. Accessed June 21, 2007.
  4. ^ "Henry McNamara, former state senator from Wyckoff, dies at 83". Northjersey.com. August 27, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.

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